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today," making his case. after a frustrating first year in office and a series of recent political setbacks, president obama prepares to deliver the state of the union. listening in. four young conservative activists are arrest indeed an alleged plot to bug the phones of a u.s. senator. and close call. a california officer pulls a man off train tracks with just moments to spare. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. and today we begin with taking the floor. standing at a pivotal crossroads, tonight, president obama speaks to congress and the nation in his first state of the
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union address from capitol hill. the speech marks a moment of particular challenge as the president seeks to build confidence with an american public forced to shoulder the weight of an economic meltdown. tapping into a full agenda, the issues aides said the president will address, a focus on jobs and how he aims to put millions of frustrated americans back to work. the speech will also look at government spending as the deficit soar toss a record $1.4 trillion. even white house staffers will be sharing the burden with the president's reported plans to freeze their salaries. overall, advisers say mr. obama will focus more on explaining his agenda rather than reshaping it. he'll discuss terrorism, financial reform, immigration, and the nation's two wars. the signature issue of health care will also be front and center with the president mapping out a course for the stalled legislation. it will be especially interesting just a day after majority leader harry reid said there was, quote, no rush to
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push health care through. although washington is divided on many issues, it's the economy driving public accident timp. now nbc news/wall street journal poll is breaking down exactl where americans stand. chuck todd has a look at the numbers. >> reporter: with the state of the union looming, president obama faces a very skeptical public. 58% believe the country is off on the wrong track, the highest number since mr. obama took office. it's not just about him, it's about all of official washington. 70% believe the federal government is not working well, compared to just 28% who believe it's healthy and in need of just small reforms. it's a more negative view on government than even during the disputed election. but our responders don't agree on the ability to find solution to the country's most pressing problems. 48% blame republicans in congress. 41% blame democrats in congress.
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this disapproval has not been lost on the president, who since his massachusetts defeat has been trying to recapture his campaign message of change. >> there are nice people in washington, but it can drive you crazy. >> reporter: the president escapes direct criticism in our survey. his job approval rating went up slightly to 50%. but there is plenty about his top domestic priority, health care. now just 31% believe his plan is a good idea. 46% still believe it's a bad idea. in fact, those polled believe the president has paid too much attention to the issue. 44% told us that. with just 16% who say he's paid too little attention to health care. on the economy, those numbers are nearly reversed. 51% say he's paid too little attention to the economy, while just 5% believe he's paid too much attention. and that was nbc's chuck
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todd reporting. we will have live coverage of the president's state of the union address tonight beginning at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific right here on this nbc station. and now here's a look at some other stairs making news "early today" in america. a deputy in california pulled a man from the path of an oncoming train. an infrared camera shows the man stumbling down the tracks. the officer runs up and grabs him second before the train moves through. police arrested the man for public drunkenness and concluded he was attempting suicide. an elementary school in massachusetts is closed after vandals left behind a trail of destruction. the suspect's ram sacked desks and 200 donated computers. it caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. treacherous conditions in iowa. five people have died from accidents as visibility dropped to as low as one car length.
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the blifd conditions has left stranded vehicles slun alongside highways. melted snow over the weekend which later re-froze contributed to much of that buildup in ice. and you can tell the success or lack of it for the minnesota vikings just by looking at one of their biggest fans n. 1975, after the steelers beat the vikings in the super bowl, he decided not to shave until his team won the championship. 45 years later, he still hasn't picked up a razor. with the playoff loss this past sunday it means another year for his beard. here's raphael miranda with the weather channel forecast. i wonder how his wife feels like that. >> just on the bottom of his chin. it reminds me of that thing with the mag jet where you move around the hair. we have a quiet weather pattern
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developing. weak cold front in the northeast. lake-effect snow warning in effect for the tug hill plateau. we could see over six inches north of syracuse. watch out for snow showers in buffalo. snow showers around cleveland. we'll be dealing with slick spots on i-90 this morning. watch for the snow showers to continue off the lakes. as we head into michigan, another snowy spot this morning. snow ang i-75. light to moderate flakes around grand rapids and detroit i-69, snow there. lo of sunshine and temperatures back in the 50s in atlanta. 42 in boston. that's a look at your regional forecast. now here's a look at the weather where you live. 42 degrees, beautiful day, in washington, d.c. sunshine in atlanta with 55 degrees. watch out for some snow showers in milwaukee. temperatures there on the frigid side, in the low 20s. denver, colorado, lots of clouds. a few showers. temperatures in the upper 30s.
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lynn, back to you. >> all right, raphael. thanks so much. toyota tumbles, yahoo! rumbles, and apple unveils. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, she's never had plastic surgery and she looks great. but it may surprise you to hear what she has to say about other actresses who have gone under the knife. >> kentucky is stunned by south carolina. you're watching "early today."
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>> good morning, and welcome back to "early today." m lynn berry. here are some of your top headlines this morning. 14 days after haiti was devastated by an earthquake, remarkably a man has been found alive in the rubble. so far it's not exactly clear if he became trapped in the initial earthquake or perhaps in an aftershock. meanwhile, the u.s. state department confirms 60 americans were killed in haiti, with another 37 americans presumed
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dead. federal officials have charged four conservative political activists with tampering with mary than drew's phone system. apparently at least two of the suspects dressed as telephone repairmen. one posed as a pump in a video last year that caused against a.c.o.r.n. tand highlighting the curret polite of newspapers, three months after the new york area tabloid news day started up its newly revamped $4 million website that readers must pay for, only 35 people have signed up. from them, news day has grossed just $9,000. and now here's an early look how wall street will kick off the day.
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the dow opens at 10,194 after dipping two points on tuesday. the s&p dropped 4. the nasdaq shed 7 points. taking a look at overassess trading this morning, in tokyo, the knee day lost 73 points, while in hong kong the hang seng dropped 76 points. tough times at toyota seem to keep getting worse. already forced to recall millions of vehicles in the greatest product recall in history, toyota is now taking the unprecedented step of suspending sales and production of eight of its most popular models, including the best-selling camry. sticky gas pedals could cause the vehicles to spin out of control. shares dropped more than 4% in tokyo this morning. despite a healthy jump in consumer confidence yesteay, fear of the unknown about the president's proposed bank plan led markets lower across the board by the end of trading.
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uncertainty should rule again today as investors await word from the fed on interest rates and the president's state of the union address tonight. elsewhere, treasury secretary timothy night ner and paulson face a firing quad over their role in a federal bailout of aig. g.e. will sell saub to spiker in a deal worth $400 million. warren buffett's shares jumped 9% on news berkshire hathoway will soon join the s&p 500. yahoo! reported lines in expectations sending shares higher. on the verge of closing its acquisition of sun microsystems oracle plans to higher new employees. and finally, according to
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the u.n., a staggering 27 million people lost their jobs around the world last year, but at least one of those could be getting their job back. a dutch court ruled yesterday that a mcdonald's worker was unjustly fired for, get this, putting an extra slice of cheese on a co-worker's burger. the battle of michigan, a big free agent sign anything baseball, and venus down under. plus, it's still early in college basketball, but nobody seems to want to be number one. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. an arctic air mass makes its move. you're watching "early today."
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good morning to you. i'm joe krebs. >> i'm eun yang. straight ahead on "news4 today," safety investigators say something needs to change. the latest after the most recent deadly metro accident. we're learning more about
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what message president obama will deliver during his first state of the union. toyota takes a drastic good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports, riding high after visiting the white house, the los angeles lakers rounded off a memorable trip to washington by rolling over the wizards. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. a day after hanging out with president obama at the white house, the l.a. lakers had another easy day on the job, this time against the washington wizards. we go to our nation's capital. pick it up in the second quarter. a slam on the rebound. looks like he's ready for this year's dunk contest. kotb and company running away in the third.
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kobe also put up 26. sealed it for the lakers. they went on to win it, 115-103. college basketball. kentucky is number one team in the land lasted a day and a half. downy, 5'9" mighty might did everything except sell popcorn in the stands. 30 points for the gamecocks. 68-62. fifth-ranked michigan state had a scare against rival michigan. spartans down one. stopped and popped. state up 57-56. last chance fort wolverines. great play for a layup at the buzzer. simms couldn't get it to fall. 57-56 win. oakland athletics, signed sheets to a $1 million deal. coming off elbow surgery that sidelined him for the entire 2007 season. aussie open is over.
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venus was actually up when lee rallied. two exchanges forehands. hammered one down the line and that was it. 2 hour, 47 minute marathon. she'll play serena williams in the semifinals. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. talk about a bum steer. kiefer sutherland in a cattle scam. plus, of course everyone loves a good practical joke, right? except of course when they don't turn out as planned. you're watching "early today."
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good morning and welcome back. we have some light rain this morning moving through oklahoma. east of oklahoma city, i-44, towards actual sampt nothing maj major there. the arctic chill moves into the midwest today. 27 for your high in chicago. 10 above in minneapolis. nice and quiet as we head towards the gulf. 64 with sunshine in new orleans. we have snow moving into the rockies. salt lake city, 38 degrees. 63 down in el paso. and if you're watching us on news 2 in orlando, florida, witness the beauty of the western everglades at the big
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cypress swamp. that's your "early today" event of the day, lynn. now here's a look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. she's 64 and hasn't had one bit of plastic surgery. but helen meren won't bash other actresses who do. she says simply, quote, i think people should be allowed to do whatever they want to make themselves feel happy. if she ever did, she says she'd get rid of the tattoo she got when she was young and drunk because it was the most shocking thing i could think of doing. wife of tiger woods spent time with him in counseling last week. jack borrow alter ego kiefer sutherland was taken in a scam of mexican cattle to the tune of
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$900,000. the pros went to the point of paying him $100,000 profit from a fist investment. who knew there were cattle scams out there. >> i haven't heard of that practical joke. doesn't sound that funny. >> that wouldn't happen to jack borrow. nothing would get by him. this comes to us from kshv nbc action news in kansas city, missouri, where in nearby aletha, kansas, a student prank was unfoiled in the most likely way. offered tickets to the final four if he could sink a half-court shot. the joke was when he missed. the entire gym would cheer so the coach would think he won the shot and won the tickets. actually, the coac nailed it and the prank back fired. they went wild with real cheers. the kids, since this was a joke, didn't even have the tickets.
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they felt terrible. they got him a gift certificate to a local restaurant hoping that would ease the pain a little bit. but there are also reports people have come forward offering tickets. >> as they should. >> exactly. but no one knows if he's accepted them. >> that was an amazing shot. this crowd was prepared for fake reaction which became real amazing reaction. >> he is blindfolded. he's a rookie. who would have expected that? the kids out there can learn something from him, right? >> right. i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc stioy 4:154 is our time right now, 32 degrees. right at freezing. we have kind of clear skies and waxing moon i would guess out there that's growing by the day.
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january 27th is our date. good morning. welcome to "news4 today." i'm joe krebs. >> i'm eun yang. we want to start off this morning with a look at weather and traffic. meteorologist tom kierein joins us. even colder than yesterday, tom. >> yeah. it's going to stay cold, january-like into the weekend. could get some snow friday into saturday. details coming up. right now cold start to this day. good morning. on this wednesday morning now 32 in washington. it's oy near 30 in prince george's county as well as montgomery, arlington and fairfax counties. farther to the west upper 20s to near 30. southern maryland, near the chesapeake bay, at or below freezing. out of the mountains, a cold start there, in the mid 20s. over the last six hours, overnight clouds have dissipated. we've got now a clear sky. however, there are some clouds over the shenandoah valley and the mountains at this hour. we'll have lots of sun today with highs reaching just below 40s, maybe a bit milder tomorrow
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with increasing clouds, a blustery wind. much colder thursday night and friday. we could get accumulating snow friday night into sptd. how is traffic? >> very quiet start along i-95 in virginia and all the way up on 395 to the 14th street bridge. elsewhere, the trip around town, no big surprises through northeast, kenilworth avenue. they're in the process of wrapping it up. here is a look at some of the top stories happening today. the national transportation safety board is investigating an accident on metro's tracks that killed two more employees. sung oh and jeff garrard were installing safety equipment on the red line near rockville when they were hit by a piece of moving equipment. investigators are tryin to figure out whether all employees followed standard procedure by
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signaling their actions to each other. president obama will give his first state of the union address tonight. his approval ratings have fallen from 72% to 56%. you can watch the address at nbc4. our coverage begins at 9:00. treasury secretary tim geithner will have to answer questions today about the bailout of aig. he's expected to testify before a house panel. lawmakers want to know why he approved a decision to allow millions of the bailout money to go to other banks. the auto show opens today, featuring a vehicle fueled by government waste paper. the auto show runs through the i understand of the month. now a new roadblock to distracted driving. >> transportation officials have passed new rules to cut down on the practice of texting behind the wheel. jay gray takes a closer look. >> reporter: this security video from inside and outside a bus in
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texas is graphic evidence of just how dangerous texting while driving can be. >> cannot be texting. you cannot lose focus. it's about making sure you get your passengers to where they need to be safely and efficiently. >> reporter: and to try to make sure that happens, the u.s. transportation department is sending a strong message of its own to distracted drivers. >> we don't merely expect you to share the road responsibly with other travelers, we will require you to do so. >> reporter: beginning today, any driver of a large truck or bus caught sending or reading text messages behind the wheel will face a major fine. >> distracted driving laws must depend in part on drivers who use their own good judgment and common sense. we also know that penalties act as a deterrent. >> reporter: studies show that drivers who text take their eyes off the road. driving at 55 miles an hour they would travel the length of a football field including the end
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zones without looking where they're going. drivers who text are more than 20 times likely to get into an accident than those who don't which is why many want the new measure to cover even more of the road. >> we need to stop all motorists, not just truck and bus drivers from texting behind the wheel. >> reporter: the key, some believe, to a much safer trip for everyone. jay gray, nbc news. >> the new rules today feature fines of up to $2750 for commercial drivers caught violating them. stay with us everyone. "news4 today" continues now at 5:00 a.m. how could this happen. investigators beginning their second day trying to figure out how two metro employees died while working on the tracks.

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